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American Red Cross closes remaining shelters (02/10/09)
The American Red Cross has closed all shelters in Southeast Missouri, executive director Cheryl Klueppel announced today. Klueppel said the organization now will concentrate its efforts on food distribution. Three Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are distributing food to communities without electricity...
SEMA opens three resource centers in Southeast Missouri (02/10/09)
Three resources centers opened today for people affected by the ice storm. The centers, set up in Sikeston, Kennett and Poplar Bluff, will remain open until 7 p.m. today and reopen from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday...
Defense: Not enough evidence to convict Bloomfield teen of murder (02/10/09)
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Investigators decided early on that a 13-year-old boy shot his neighbor, but don’t have the evidence to back that up, a defense attorney said during opening statements in Owen Welty’s murder trial. But the prosecutor pointed to accounts given by Welty and others that he said would show the boy committed the crime...
High wind warning in effect for Southeast Missouri (02/10/09)
The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for several Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky counties shortly before 1 p.m. today.The warning includes all of the Southeast Missourian coverage area — Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Perry, Scott and northern Stoddard counties — as well as many other Southeast Missouri counties. ...
Cape Girardeau man loses appeal against casino measure (02/10/09)
A Missouri appeals court rejected a Cape Girardeau businessman's challenge to a ballot measure passed in November that eliminated the loss limit at Missouri casinos, limited the number of casino licenses and raised taxes on casino profits. In a unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel of the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday turned away constitutional concerns raised by David Knight, owner of Ole Hickory Pits and a partner in a potential Cape Girardeau casino boat. ...
This afternoon on seMissourian.com (02/10/09)
In a sign that the area is returning to some state of normalcy after the late January ice storm, the American Red Cross announced today that it has closed the last of its remaining shelters in Southeast Missouri.The shelters had been set up to help people without power stay warm in the aftermath of the storm.Today the State Emergency Management Agency has centers open in three Southeast Missouri communities to take damage assessment estimates. ...
Severe weather expected in Southeast Missouri tonight (02/10/09)
A powerful storm system is expected to move through Southeast Missouri today, bringing with it the possibility of damaging winds, locally heavy rainfall, dangerous lightning and small hail. Winds could gust as high as 40 miles per hour, prompting a high wind watch from late tonight through Wednesday evening. ...
Basic needs fund gets big boost from United Way kettle drive (02/10/09)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri "kettle campaign" raised nearly $6,000 for its basic needs fund over the weekend, used to supplement costs for three area agencies that provide shelter, clothing, food and other necessities to members of the community during times of need...
Home loan program sees notably low interest rate (02/10/09)
USDA Rural Development has lowered its interest rate for its Section 502 direct home loans by 1 percent to one of the lowest rates ever. Lowered from 5.375 to 4.375 percent, the home loans help eligible applicants purchase an existing home or construct a new residence...
Welty's trial goes forward with jury selection (02/10/09)
CLAYTON, Mo. -- Jurors were selected Monday for the trial of a Southeast Missouri boy accused of killing a neighbor in 2006. Owen Welty, now 15, was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old Don McCollough, a neighbor in rural Stoddard County...
Planning and zoning board to discuss limits on number of people who can share housing (02/10/09)
Cape Girardeau is rewriting its zoning code and proposed new rules for residential areas could sharply curtail the number of people who can share a house or apartment. The residential code will be part of a Planning & Zoning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. ...
Fire damages historic Cape Girardeau mansion owned by Jay Purcell (02/10/09)
A fire Monday night significantly damaged the A.R. Ponder House, one of Cape Girardeau's oldest historic mansions. The blaze occurred around 7 p.m., when a caller notified the Cape Girardeau Fire Department of flames showing from the north side of the building, which sits on the northwest corner of William Street and Louisiana Avenue...
Accident on I-55 in Scott City backs up traffic (02/10/09)
SCOTT CITY - An one-vehicle accident in the northbound lanes on Interstate 55 near mile marker 88 is backing up traffic. Scott City police dispatcher Ben Harrison said the accident occurred at around 6:15 a.m. Members of the Scott City rescue squad, Missouri State Highway Patrol and North Scott County Ambulance responded to the scene. No additional information is known at this time...
Cape County Commission votes to sponsor drainage program (02/10/09)
The Cape Girardeau County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to sponsor an Emergency Watershed Protection Program project to address drainage issues along two area creeks. Last spring, when Cape Girardeau experienced record rainfall, it led to flooding in many creeks, streams and low-lying areas. ...
Man faces charges of false imprisonment after Amber Alert (02/10/09)
A man believed to have abducted his wife and child Thursday from a Cape Girardeau gas station now faces charges for false imprisonment. Phillip M. Harris, 23, 509 Bellevue St., Apt. B, is currently in custody of the Missouri State Highway Patrol for further questioning in connection with investigation for kidnapping...
FEMA recalls peanut butter packets distributed in emergency food kits (02/10/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- FEMA officials are in the process of recalling emergency food kits containing packets of peanut butter. Commercial meal kits with peanut butter packets manufactured by Boca Grande Foods and assembled by Red Cloud Food Services were distributed as part of the recovery efforts in neighboring Arkansas and Kentucky. None were delivered to Missouri, according to FEMA officials, but they remain cautious...
Southwest Mo. village approves medical marijuana (02/10/09)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A small southwest Missouri village has passed an ordinance allowing the use of medical marijuana. Mayor Joe Blundell says Cliff Village, with a population of about four dozen people, is showing grassroots support for Missouri to legalize medical marijuana...
Study: Birds shifting north; global warming cited as likely cause (02/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- When it comes to global warming, the canary in the coal mine isn't a canary at all. It's a purple finch. As the temperature across the U.S. has gotten warmer, the purple finch has been spending its winters more than 400 miles farther north than it used to...
Obama presses Congress to pass stimulus (02/10/09)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama, pressuring lawmakers to approve a massive economic recovery bill, turned his first prime-time news conference Monday night into a defense of his emergency plan and an offensive against Republicans who try to "play the usual political games."...
Death toll passes 170 in Australian wildfires (02/10/09)
WHITTLESEA, Australia -- Disaster teams found charred bodies on roadsides and in crashed cars -- signs of attempts to flee raging wildfires fed by 60 mph winds, record heat and drought that caught many Australians by surprise. As the death toll rose today to 173 in Australia's worst wildfire disaster, suspicions that some of the 400 blazes were caused by arson led police to declare crime scenes in some of the incinerated towns, Victoria police said...
Pirates move to 8-0 in conference (02/10/09)
The Perryville girls basketball team kept its Jefferson County Conference record unblemished with Monday's 52-36 rout of host De Soto. Emily Hanquist scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Pirates, who led 26-5 at halftime...
Notre Dame girls fall to top-ranked Dexter (02/10/09)
DEXTER — Monday was a day the Dexter and Notre Dame girls basketball teams had to learn how to compete without key players. Dexter, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4, played without forward Abbie Warren due to an injury, while Notre Dame was without senior guard Emily Brumitt due to illness...
Panthers hold off Saxony Lutheran 71-70 (02/10/09)
Meadow Heights built leads of as many as 22 points while dominating the first 24 minutes of its road contest against state-ranked Saxony Lutheran on Monday. The Panthers then held on for dear life during the final 8 minutes, barely escaping after the Crusaders scored 35 points in the final quarter...
A-Rod admits to steroids use with Rangers (02/10/09)
NEW YORK -- Already the highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez wanted to prove himself one of the greatest. Instead, he wound up atop another list: the highest-profile player to confess to cheating in baseball's steroids era. The All-Star third baseman, responding to a weekend Sports Illustrated report that he flunked a drug test, told ESPN on Monday he used banned substances while playing with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03 to justify his 10-year, $252 million contract...
Mizzou rally topples Kansas (02/10/09)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Intimidated by its own fans early, No. 17 Missouri settled down in time to knock off bitter border rival Kansas. Zaire Taylor hit a 10-footer from just outside the lane with 1.3 seconds to go, capping the Tigers' comeback from a 14-point halftime deficit in a 62-60 victory over No. 16 Kansas on Monday night...
Redhawks softball has new look (02/10/09)
A young Southeast Missouri State softball team will try to get the program back on track this year. For the second straight season in 2008, the Redhawks failed to make the Ohio Valley Conference tournament after that previously had never happened. The Redhawks, 24-28 overall and 11-16 in league play last year, have posted consecutive eighth-place OVC finishes...
Tiger Woods' wife gives birth to son Charlie (02/10/09)
On the day Tiger Woods usually hoists a trophy at Torrey Pines, the world's No. 1 golfer was busy with the birth of his first son. Woods announced on his website Monday that his wife Elin had given birth to a boy, Charlie Axel Woods. It is the couple's second child following the birth of daughter Sam Alexis in June 2007...
McDonald signs four-year extension with Blues (02/10/09)
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues signed center Andy McDonald to a four-year, $18.8 million contract extension Monday. "The St. Louis Blues realize how integral Andy is to the future of our organization," team president John Davidson said. "He's a top line center who will play a major role in the development of our team."...
Stadium getting $30 million renovation (02/10/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams' stadium is getting a bit of a facelift for next season. The city's Convention and Visitors Commission on Monday announced $30 million in upgrades at the Edward Jones Dome required by the team's lease agreement. The downtown facility opened in 1995, and terms of the lease require St. Louis to keep it in the top quarter of the NFL...
Cardinals release Kennedy days before spring training (02/10/09)
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals released Adam Kennedy on Monday, leaving the second base job up for grabs with just a week to go before spring training. The team requested waivers on Kennedy that will expire Wednesday, when he'll become an unrestricted free agent. Kennedy is due to make $4 million next season, the last year of a three-year contract. His new club would only have to pay him the $400,000 minimum while the Cardinals would be responsible for the rest...
Health calendar 2/11/09 (02/10/09)
Today Mended Hearts appreciation banquet Heart-healthy menu and a presentation by "The Hat Lady." Call 331-7950. When: 6 p.m. Where: Harrison Room, Southeast Missouri Hospital Diabetes self-management support group Coping with health issues can require changing the way things are done. Learn what strategies are most helpful for dealing with the stress that can come from making changes. Call 332-1587 to register...
Study says pregnancy doesn't worsen breast cancer (02/10/09)
ATLANTA -- Pregnant women who develop breast cancer do not have worse odds of death or of cancer returning than other young breast cancer patients, a new study has found. The study is one of the largest to look at whether breast cancer hits pregnant and recently pregnant women harder than other women. It contradicts some smaller, earlier studies that suggested maternity made things worse...
Running to fitness in four weeks with advice from local trainers (02/10/09)
You promised to start running this year, but between work and weather, the plan has fizzled, right? It's never too late to start fresh, according to Clay Pope and Cassie Kipper, two runners who train others. Pope is a runner and fitness trainer at Southeast Missouri Hospital's HealthPoint Fitness in Jackson; Kipper is a fitness specialist and personal trainer at Saint Francis Medical Center's Fitness Plus...
Review: 'Under the Sea' overwhelms in 3D (02/10/09)
You never get used to it. Even about halfway in, even having settled into your seat with those plastic glasses nestled on your nose, you'll still find yourself dazzled again and again by the impossibly breathtaking beauty of the IMAX adventure "Under the Sea 3D."...
Virginia Gannon (02/10/09)
Virginia M. Gannon, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. She was born Sept. 7, 1921, in Sikeston, Mo., daughter of Edward and Grace Banks Davis. She and Ernest D. Gannon were married May 4, 1957, in Holly Springs, Miss. He preceded her in death...
Howard Smith (02/10/09)
COBDEN, Ill. — Howard J. Smith, 78, of Christopher, Ill., died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at Doctors Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Salem, Ill. He was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Cobden, son of Howard W. and Elva M. Crowell Smith. Smith was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War...
Bobbie Moore (02/10/09)
CHARLESTON, Mo. — Bobbie Jean Moore, 68, of Charleston died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born Dec. 6, 1940, in Water Valley, Miss., daughter of Maxine Calhoun Ingram and Claude Gaston. She first married Joseph Taylor. She later married Cal Moore in June 1985. He died April 5, 1997...
Thomas Griffith (02/10/09)
Thomas M. Griffith, 66, of Fenton, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Des Peres Hospital in Des Peres, Mo. He was born Nov. 13, 1942, in St. Louis, son of Merrell M. and Toby Thomas Griffith. He and Julie Couch were married Nov. 7, 1970, in St. Louis...
Bernard Maddock (02/10/09)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Bernard Maddock, 100, of Perryville died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, in Perryville. He was born Oct. 17, 1908, in Perryville, son of Dennis and Christina Zahner Maddock. He married Mildred Fischer, who died Sept. 11, 1991. Bernard was a meat cutter with Delmonte in St. Louis. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus...
Charles Adams (02/10/09)
Charles Daniel "Dutch" Adams, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at his home. Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert McCrite (02/10/09)
TAMMS, Ill. — Robert McCrite, 47, of Tamms died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1961, in Cairo, Ill., to Farrell and Ellen Lucille Smith McCrite. Robert is survived by two daughters, Robin McCrite of Olive Branch, Ill., Karrie McCrite (Byron Delp) of Alton, Ill.; two brothers, Farrell McCrite of Olive Branch, Jimmy McCrite of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Beverly (Brad) Reed of Mexico, Mo.; a sister-in-law, JoAnn McCrite of Cape Girardeau; a brother-in-law, Paul Grace of Charleston, Mo.; three grandchildren, Michalea and Vincent Ruyle, Devon McBride; and former wife, Kathleen Lacy of Alton.. ...
LaVerne Yates (02/10/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. — LaVerne Yates, 93, of Sikeston died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at Sikeston Convalescent Center. She was born Dec. 24, 1915, in Clinton, Ky., daughter of Samuel R. and Pamie Lou Scott Vinson. She and Hulett Vernon Yates were married May 25, 1940. He died Jan. 10, 1992...
Richard Conley (02/10/09)
Richard Elwood Conley, 83, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born May 11, 1925, in Cape Girardeau County, son of Huey Lynn and Bertha Martha Froemsdorf Conley. He and Virginia L. Job were married July 20, 1949, in Cape Girardeau. She died Aug. 25, 2008...
Thelma Himmelsbach (02/10/09)
Thelma Mae Himmelsbach, 84, of Jackson died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Monticello House. She was born May 14, 1924, in Cape Girardeau, daughter of Webster Clyde and Ada Belle Robinson Smith. She and Eugene Himmelsbach were married Feb. 3, 1946. He died Dec. 1, 1992...
Births 2/10/09 (02/10/09)
Sparkman Daughter to Garrett Allen Sparkman and Ashley Ellen Foeste of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 4:11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. Name, Ella Ann. Weight, 7 pounds, 15 ounces. First child. Ms. Foeste is the daughter of Julie Platz of Jackson and Mark Foeste of Cape Girardeau. She is employed at Kenco Enterprises. Sparkman is the son of Greg and Lisa Sparkman of Gordonville. He is employed at Sparky's Marine...
Police report 2/10/09 (02/10/09)
Cape Girardeau The Cape Girardeau Police Department released the following items. Arrests do not imply guilt. Arrests n Robert E. Betts, 57, 105 N. Clark Ave., Apt. 204, and Sandy J. Strong, 52, 105 N. Clark Ave., Apt. 204, were arrested on suspicion of stealing...
Fire report 2/10/09 (02/10/09)
Jackson Firefighters responded to the following call Saturday: n A motor vehicle accident at East Jackson Boulevard and Interstate 55. Firefighters responded to the following calls Sunday: n Emergency medical service on South Shawnee Boulevard...
Out of the past 2/10/09 (02/10/09)
25 years ago: Feb. 10, 1984 A record number of students have enrolled for the spring semester at Southeast Missouri State University; school officials say the total head count for the spring term has surpassed the previous high for a spring enrollment, 8,575 students in 1981-1982; 8,649 students are enrolled this spring...
Correction 2/10/09 (02/10/09)
In a religion article in Saturday's Southeast Missourian, Dorothy Herbst should not have been identified as deceased. The Southeast Missourian regrets the error.
Missouri needs to halt executions, examine its death penalty system (02/10/09)
For the past several years I have sponsored legislation that would impose a moratorium on executions in Missouri while a commission does a complete study of the death penalty system in our state. This may seem a strange action for a person who, in principle, supports the death penalty. But I believe that this legislation is absolutely necessary in Missouri...
Prayer 2/10/09 (02/10/09)
Because of our human frailty, we look to the strength of our God. Amen.
Government custody goes too far (02/10/09)
A New Jersey couple who gave their three children Nazi-related names have generated considerable ire around the globe. But is that enough for the state to take their children away from them? The parents of the children -- the oldest, 3, is named for Adolf Hitler -- say they haven't been told why the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services took their children. And, based on supervised visits, the parents claim their children aren't receiving proper attention...
Seeking best product, best price (02/10/09)
The definition of "Made in America" is debatable. Cars.com determined the top American vehicles based on three criteria: sales numbers, domestic parts content and assembly location. Cars.com's data were mirrored by a USA Today study. ...
Speak Out 2/10/09 (02/10/09)
Feeding pets IN response to the story "Food drive aims to help starving animals": Free food isn't going to solve the problem. If a person cannot afford to feed his pets, then he cannot afford shots and medication to prevent fleas, ticks or heartworms. We have two licensed pounds in this area, the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau and Safe Harbor in Fruitland. Both of these places are nice...
Alaskan Malamute Grace (02/10/09)
Grace is enjoying her first real winter storm. Love that snow!
Chillin at the pond (02/10/09)
Canada geese and goose hanging out at the Capaha park lagoon during the 2009 winter storm.
Bandit (02/10/09)
Getting the squeaker out of my stuffed toys.
2009-Making a Change, Making a Difference (02/10/09)
Change is the theme for 2009. For those of us involved in animal welfare issues, 2009 has the potential to be the year when owner responsibility and common sense will be at the heart of that change. It has become common place to accept policies and opinions that may or may not be based in fact. ...
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